Monday, July 13, 2009
the most experienced Supreme Court nominee in 100 years
Franken speaks at Sotomayor hearing: no joke
Jul 13 02:40 PM US/Eastern
WASHINGTON (AP) - The newest member of the Senate, former comedian Al Franken, was as serious as his colleagues in his opening statement at the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Franken said he is "truly humbled" to be on the Judiciary Committee. He also praised Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking Republican Jeff Sessions.
Then, he was interrupted by the third protester of the hearing, speaking partly in Spanish.
Franken told Sotomayor that she was "the most experienced Supreme Court nominee in 100 years." He said her story is inspirational and one in which "all Americans should take great pride in."